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The thrill of the amateur bullfight

August 29, 2008 |  2:24 pm

Remember that we posted this at the beginning of the week about an amateur bullfighting festival in Huamantla, Mexico, in which 23 people were injured?

Many of the men who challenged the bulls, matador-style, knew what they were doing and approached the animals with caution and capes. But many didn't. The combination of alcohol, a screaming crowd and poor judgment was too much: 23 people ended up being carried away on stretchers by the Red Cross.

But all of those men who survived the wrath of the bulls — scathed or unscathed — were treated like homecoming heroes.

"Give me another beer! It didn't hurt!" shouted Armando Ortiz, a 25-year-old student who earned a standing ovation from the crowd after one of the bulls rushed at him and knocked him down.

Well, now here's the video to give you at home an idea of the event: